Samuel “Butch” B. Slade Jr., beloved father, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home in Tucson, Ariz.
Sam was born March 18, 1941, to Bert and Artie Slade in Virginia. He was a graduate of Virginia High School where he was All-State in basketball, baseball and football. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a baseball scholarship. As a pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats, he went on to play in the 1963 College World Series. Sam also later received his MBA from the University of Arizona.
He married his high school sweetheart, Sally (Hahne), on Sept. 5, 1964. While spending the majority of his career working for such companies as General Mills and Quaker Oats, he and his family called the Chicago area home. Sam and Sally returned to Tucson in 1994, where Sam worked as a financial advisor until he retired in the fall of 2009.
Sam was an avid golfer and enjoyed all things sports. He liked to hunt and fish, as well as spend time with his family and friends on Lake 14. Sam was an active member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Tucson, serving as a sacristan and on both their financial and building commitees. He was also very involved with Junior Achievement and the University of Arizona Alumni Association/Letterman’s Club.
He is survived by daughters, Stephanie Launius and Michelle (Gregg) Menaker; sisters, Sandy Maroste, Sally Dixon and Bonnie (Jerry) Zimmerman; grandchildren, Sam Launius, Hannah Launius, Michael Menaker, Harrison Menaker and Sally Menaker; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Slade in 2002; by his parents Bert and Artie Slade; sister Sue (Mike) Thomas.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at Holy Hope Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum/Garden of Good Shepherd in Tucson. Should friends desire, donations in Sam’s name may be made to CurePSP: Foundation for PSP, CBD and Related Brain Diseases, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.